Never say never

Meet Audree-RoseA little girl who has never said never Audree-Rose is a 6.5-year-old pedigree long-hair silver dapple. When she was 12 months old she had bilateral Pes Varus surgery.  This surgery was to correct her gait as she was quite bow-legged with a degree of...

Living a new normal after Grade 5

We often talk about living a new normal following IVDD and bubble wrapping our fur kids for fear of further episodes.   Maggie is a Grade 5 IVDD survivor and it’s now 3.5 years since surgery (September 2018).  She doesn’t jump up anymore (with those little front...

Conservative options

Make yourself a cuppa and watch this YouTube presentation, a must for all IVDD Dachshund owners. Sam Khan, Bruno Scalia and Viviana Rojas from the University of Cambridge Vet School explain what IVDD is and how to care for a recovering dog. The team from Cambridge Vet...

Holistically approaching IVDD

When treating both conservatively and surgically, physiotherapy & associated modalities play a vital part in the treatment & recovery of dogs with spinal cord disease, but before I go any further, I need to explain why I have come to this conclusion and why I...

What causes disc degeneration

Hansen Type I, II & IIIEditorial Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is a degenerative condition with disc degeneration occurring because of loss of the disc to “hold water” becoming dehydrated. You may have heard your vet professional refer to “calcification” or...

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One of the important things that an organisation like DISA needs are testimonials/reviews from people who use our services. Click on these links to message us via our Message us via Facebook or shoot us an Email & include:Your Christian NameYour Dog’s Name (&...

Conservative links and tips

Attention owners currently undergoing CONSERVATIVE TREATMENT, here are a few tips and links to give you a little leg up during your journey. First, it is important to remember that each dog is different, and so is each herniation, and you and your professional...

Is the crate really is your mate?

Whoever said crate resting a Dachshund was easy needs to be hunted down and locked in a room full of IVDD sausages without earplugs for a week :-/ When a human is admitted to hospital for back surgery they are confined to a bed, topped up with medication and hauled...

Being prepared for the unknown

Wouldn’t it be great if we could look into a crystal ball and see into the future? Our pets are family and if they break as owners, we need to be aware that it can be very expensive.  https://www.rspcapetinsurance.org.au/pet-care/pet-ownership/cost-of-pet-ownership...

Neuter/Spray Lifestyle Tips

Should you do it and when is the best time? This is an important topic to consider, especially when it comes down to the long-term joint health of your dog and particularly with respect to IVDD in Dachshunds. Before we begin, please understand that the age a dog is...

Let’s start a conversation about IVDD!

It’s time ALL current and prospective Dachshund owners seriously consider what is required when taking ownership of these extremely high maintenance hounds!  Yes, we understand Dachshunds are simply irresistible and are one of the “must-have” breeds of the...

Forewarned is forearmed

Are you aware that Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is one of the most common health issues in Dachshunds; with one in four being affected at some stage during their lives? Ref: https://www.dachshundhealth.org.uk/dachslife-2018 We can’t deny how adorable this...